opened their checkbooks." does that worry you? guest: no, it is the candidate's job to get them to open their checkbooks. we will see. it is a long, drawn-out process, but it does tend to work. it tends to cause the cream to rise to the top, the survivors, those who have the ability to raise the money, ability to organize the campaign brought the last time i endorsed a candidate, before i came to my present position, in 1988 i took a pledge that would not endorse candidates -- the last candidate endorsed for president was jack kemp. i thought jack kemp would make a very good president, but you know, he ran one of the most disorganized presidential campaigns in history. if a person cannot organize a campaign, and they are not going to be able to organize and administration. host: illinois, norm, democrat for richard land.